Woyzeck | Performing Arts Review | Chicago Reader

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In this Greasy Joan & Co. production, adapter-director Greg Allen reimagines Georg Buchner's unfinished protomodernist masterpiece as a hallucinatory carnival sideshow. Designer Marcus Stephens's dreamily dreary tent and sound designer Nick Keenan's old-timey score are nice touches that help underline the story's creepy menace: the much-abused titular soldier ultimately murders his mistress in a fit of jealousy, paranoia, and soul-crushing angst. Most of the supporting cast offer nuanced, idiosyncratic takes on Buchner's grotesque characters, but Carlo Garcia's blustery, overly aggressive Woyzeck is never vulnerable and therefore never pathetic. And the intractable social and existential forces that conspire to crush Woyzeck are only vaguely articulated, resulting in a quirky, engaging, but relatively thin staging. --Justin Hayford a Through 12/17: Thu-Sat 8 PM, Sun 3 PM, no show Thu 11/23, Live Bait Theater, 3914 N. Clark, 312-458-0718, $10-$20, industry nights Thu, $40 11/18 (includes postshow reception).

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